Palestinians Stand with the Highlander Center

The Highlander Center in New Market, Tennessee has been a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South for 85 years. Early on the morning of March 29, a building at the Highlander Center hosting the staff offices burned down completely. Thankfully no one was injured in the blaze.

The Highlander Center has been a strategic, dedicated and loving ally to the movement for Palestinian liberation. We owe this amazing institution and especially Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Highlander's co-executive director, our deep respect and gratitude for embedding Palestinian rights into their commitment to justice and equality for all, and for offering hope and vision for the future of our world.

This crowdfund is organized by Palestinian organizers who have benefitted, learned and grown from the leadership at the Highlander Center. Please give what you can to make sure that this pivotal institution for social justice is sustained and nurtured.

Our relationship with Adalah

Dear Supporter,

Adalah Justice Project was founded in 2017 as the outgrowth of Adalah’s US Program, an initiative that began in 2014 to identify the avenues and targets for strategic advocacy in the United States.

Our advocacy priorities are developed in partnership with our sister-organization Adalah, a leading Palestinian legal center and human rights organization that uses Israeli legal channels to protect the rights of Palestinians.

Adalah Justice Project also works closely with partners across social justice movements in the United States to identify shared human rights concernsand coalesce around common messaging, campaigns and goals.

Adalah Justice Project translates Adalah’s legal efforts and analysis for American audiences, and develops joint-advocacy strategies with communities in the US challenging shared systems of oppression and state violence.

Our priorities are organized under two themes of work: Centering Equality andReclaiming Land.

These themes encompass the current, strategic priorities of Adalah, which include:

The challenges ahead are daunting, but we are making huge strides in building a stronger US movement for Palestinian rights.

We hear over and over from our partners in Palestine/Israel that their hope comes from abroad, from organizations and individuals who disrupt the status quo.

Adalah Justice Project is proud to be part of this movement  to realize justice for all. 

Thank you for joining us.


With love and solidarity,

Sandra and Izzy

Adalah Justice Project in the New York Times


Adalah Justice Project (AJP)  is grounded in the lived experience of Palestinian citizens of Israel.

However, our work has a much wider focus viewed through a lens that helps us understand injustice against all Palestinians and against oppressed people everywhere.

On this 43rd anniversary of Land Day and the one-year anniversary of Gaza’s Great March of Return, we are reminded that return to the land is the unified vision of the Palestinian people. We believe that the Palestinian people are one, joined in the same anti-colonial struggle from Susiya to Umm Al-Hiran, from Khan Younis to Khalil, from Haifa to Houston.

The New York Times Magazine published an article yesterday titled, “How the Battle Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Is Fracturing American Politics” by Nathan Thrall. In the comprehensive article, AJP co-founder and former director, Nadia Ben-Youssef, says, “Our whole theory of change can be distilled as de-exceptionalizing Israel-Palestine. I don’t want more Palestinian rights activists. I want more human rights defenders.

At AJP, we believe that to “de-exceptionalize” Palestine/Israel is to embed Palestinian rights into existing U.S. progressive discourse, policy and practice.

This approach stands apart from a tendency to separate the Palestinian struggle from other movements for social justice, or to characterize Israel as a wholly unique historical and legal regime.

De-exceptionalizing Palestine/Israel represents a commitment to joint struggle, intersectional analysis, personal and political accountability, and the principled pursuit of human rights.

Will you join us to imagine Palestine after liberation?

Will you join us to realize equality, freedom and justice for all?

With love and solidarity,
Sandra Tamari
Acting Director, Adalah Justice Project